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Post by Crimey on Thu 29 Aug 2013, 4:19 pm

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The draw is tonight and we could have some potentially crazy strong groups, Manchester City have a 50% chance of being in the same group as Bayern Munich or Barcelona.

What is the tie everybody wants to see in the group stages?

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Post by JamesLincs on Thu 29 Aug 2013, 5:47 pm

id be delighted if i were celtic. what a group that is! all four teams in that group are or have been european giants with celtic having their own history, just a fantastic group to look at.

i cant wait to see arsenal finish third

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Post by Crimey on Thu 29 Aug 2013, 5:48 pm

Group F is the toughest. City actually got away quite light I think, you'd think they can get 2nd fairly easily in that group, Bayern are an issue but from pot 2 they got away with it. Easiest group they've had to face.

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Post by TheCultOfPersonality on Thu 29 Aug 2013, 5:48 pm

Im sure United will scrap through the group.

Lennon's reaction was hilarious, won't go through but will enjoy it nonetheless.

Arsenal have tough matches against Napoli & Dortmund, at least if they finish 3rd they have a chance of winning the Europa league. Wink

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Post by Guest on Thu 29 Aug 2013, 5:50 pm

I'd still fancy Arsenal to get out of that group.

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Post by The Special Juan on Thu 29 Aug 2013, 5:52 pm

I think Celtic v Ajax would have been a good game last season when they were more evenly matched but Celtic will do well to avoid nil points.
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Post by Crimey on Thu 29 Aug 2013, 5:54 pm

FreekShow wrote:I'd still fancy Arsenal to get out of that group.
I'd expect Dortmund and Napoli to get out to be honest, we all know how good Benitez is in Europe. Arsenal seriously have their work cut out, I'm not even convinced they'll finish third.

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Post by Dolphin Ziggler on Thu 29 Aug 2013, 6:00 pm

What a bum deal for Arsenal. And Chelsea have got a urine easy group. You look at some of those groups and some look not even worth watching, whereas others will be amazing every game.

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Post by Guest on Thu 29 Aug 2013, 6:06 pm

I'd expect them to finish above Marseille definitely. It's obviously going to be about how well they do at home but if they can bag 7 points at home and snatch a win away then 10 points should be enough.

It's obviously a tough ask but they have the pedigree. I wouldn't back against them anyway. Gonna be interesting.

City's group is intriguing.

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Post by Duty281 on Thu 29 Aug 2013, 6:09 pm

United will top their group.
City will fail...again, and finish 3rd.
Chelsea should top their group, but Basel could be tricky.
Arsenal will finish 3rd behind Dortmund and Napoli.
Celtic will finish 3rd behind Barca and Milan.

Chelsea to win the whole thing I reckon.

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Post by Crimey on Thu 29 Aug 2013, 6:12 pm

How the hell did Ribery win the Best Player in Europe award? I know Bayern won, but I just don't seem to see what a lot of others see in Ribery. Never fails to disappoint.

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Post by Riggs on Thu 29 Aug 2013, 6:13 pm

IMO Celtic have it the easiest whilst Man City look likely to go through. Man Utd will be tested, I did predicted that they'd face Milan, Leverkusen & R Sociedad, the draw has given man utd R Sociedad, Levekusen & Donetsk.....so 2 out of 3 isn't bad.


Moyes's men need to start winning their matches otherwise I reckon they could fail.

Man City will probably go through with some ease.

Celtic, I really feel for you and your supporters...


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Post by The Special Juan on Thu 29 Aug 2013, 6:16 pm

Crimey wrote:How the hell did Ribery win the Best Player in Europe award? I know Bayern won, but I just don't seem to see what a lot of others see in Ribery. Never fails to disappoint.
http://www.oneworldsports.com/stories/franck-ribery-improbably-worlds-best

Decent article explaining what he does.
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Post by Guest on Thu 29 Aug 2013, 8:34 pm

He's improved his work rate & defensive responsibilities but `best player` award is a joke, when you see the impact Messi or Ronaldo had. In my opinion, he was a cog in a well oiled machine, however others areas of the team and players like Muller, Schweinsteiger or Robben deserve equal recognition.

As for the group stage, Mourinho must be laughing. Moyes will qualify & City`s group is hardly difficult apart from Bayern, should get runner up spot. For Wenger, its horrific but that's the way it goes sometimes. Tough to qualify but certainly not out of the question, especially with some new signings coming in the next few days.

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Post by Hero on Thu 29 Aug 2013, 8:44 pm

Robben shouldn't have been anywhere near, he only started 11 games in the league last season due to injury.

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Post by Hero on Thu 29 Aug 2013, 8:46 pm

I'd say it was just deserts on Arsenal to get the tough group, they should never have been in the first pot apart from the ridiculous pointing system that is used to keep certain clubs in it.

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Post by NickisBHAFC on Thu 29 Aug 2013, 9:33 pm

LOL at Arsenal laughing 

However i do feel Celtic, but im sure they will treat us all to some magical nights at Celtic Park and cause an upset or 2. You never know they MIGHT be able to sneak into the Europa League via 3rd spot, but i highly doubt it. 

United and Chelsea should do fine. Never know with City.

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Post by Champagne_Socialist on Fri 30 Aug 2013, 4:36 am

Hero wrote:I'd say it was just deserts on Arsenal to get the tough group, they should never have been in the first pot apart from the ridiculous pointing system that is used to keep certain clubs in it.
To be fair ober the past 5 years which other non 1st seeded club has performed more consistently than Arsenal? A semi final appearance a quarter final appearance and 3 R32 appearances.

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Post by compelling and rich on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 7:12 pm

good to see kagawa finally getting a game!!

reckon it will be a tough game for us tonight

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Post by Duty281 on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 7:25 pm

United and City to both win tonight I reckon.

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Post by Guest on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 7:29 pm

Think United will win but City just worry me full stop in Europe, regardless of who they are playing.


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Post by Crimey on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 7:39 pm

Very attacking line up from both, expect a United draw and a City win.

Moyes will need Rooney to be dropping in deeper so as to not get overcrowded in the middle.

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Post by Fernando on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 7:45 pm

United should win but the front 3 of Leverkusen are in prolific form between them. Surprised Bender is on the bench

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Post by The Special Juan on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 7:53 pm

I didn't realise Bayern had sold Emre Can. With their current options in midfield I suppose it's not a huge risk but he was touted as a huge talent.
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Post by Crimey on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 7:56 pm

They have a buy-back clause to be fair.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 7:58 pm

Fellaini already having 10 times the effect on the game than Cleverley.
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Post by The Special Juan on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:03 pm

Crimey wrote:They have a buy-back clause to be fair.
Didn't know that, cheers OK
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Post by The Special Juan on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:08 pm

Mis-hit raspberry
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Post by Crimey on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:14 pm

So many things wrong with that goal. Manchester United lucky to be a goal up.

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Post by Fernando on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:14 pm

lovely offside goal by United, good hit by rooney though

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Post by Fernando on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:21 pm

Going well for Iker Casillas subbed off injured after 13 mins

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Post by LastDamnation on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:22 pm

Leverkusen have been pretty awful in possession so far, bring on lars bender at HT?

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Post by The Special Juan on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:24 pm

Bender's injured I think.
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Post by Crimey on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:24 pm

Fernando wrote:Going well for Iker Casillas subbed off injured after 13 mins
It's meant to be for Diego Lopez.

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Post by The Special Juan on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:24 pm

Prediction: Fellaini and van Persie to be sent off in the same game at some point this season.
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Post by Fernando on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:25 pm

Can bring on who they like you can't compensate for inept linesmanning Smile  with united in lead now can't see them losing it.

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Post by Crimey on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:25 pm

The Special Juan wrote:Bender's injured I think.
He is on the bench. Although he might not be fit.

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Post by Crimey on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:26 pm

The Special Juan wrote:Prediction: Fellaini and van Persie to be sent off in the same game at some point this season.
Van Persie seems to have found his temper again, hasn't had it for the past two years but for some reason this year he's looked angry all the time. He nearly got himself sent off in the Liverpool game.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:28 pm

Utd pretty dominant here, another goal before HT will kill it
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Post by The Special Juan on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:31 pm

Crimey wrote:
The Special Juan wrote:Prediction: Fellaini and van Persie to be sent off in the same game at some point this season.
Van Persie seems to have found his temper again, hasn't had it for the past two years but for some reason this year he's looked angry all the time. He nearly got himself sent off in the Liverpool game.
He's just got a petulant streak. He has it at Utd, he had it at Arsenal and I bet he had it at Feyenoord. RVP does seem to be a bit more "angry" this season though.
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Post by Crimey on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:31 pm

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Crimey wrote:
The Special Juan wrote:Prediction: Fellaini and van Persie to be sent off in the same game at some point this season.
Van Persie seems to have found his temper again, hasn't had it for the past two years but for some reason this year he's looked angry all the time. He nearly got himself sent off in the Liverpool game.
He's just got a petulant streak.  He has it at Utd, he had it at Arsenal and I bet he had it at Feyenoord.  RVP does seem to be a bit more "angry" this season though.
Yeah he was famous for it at Feyernood, and he definitely had it at Arsenal, thought he had matured last year at Manchester United but this year he's been a lot more angry.

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Post by The Special Juan on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:47 pm

I wonder if it's lack of Fergie keeping him in check. He's had very experienced managers looking after him for a decade and although Moyes is not at all inexperienced, how many "superstars" has he dealt with? Anyway, RVP seems happy enough so hopefully this passes.
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Post by Fernando on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:55 pm

Laugh Rooney 


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Post by The Special Juan on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:55 pm

Whoa whoa whoa.
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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:57 pm

Why did RVP run in then stop on the 6 yard linenon the Rooney miss?!

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Post by The Special Juan on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:57 pm

Ah well, an offside goal cancelled out by a deflected goal. That seems fair.
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Post by Fernando on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:58 pm

Id expect he thought he'd tap it in since went round the keeper.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 8:59 pm

Unsurprisingly Leverkusen's best work coming down the Utd left
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Post by The Special Juan on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 9:00 pm

Oh Robin van Persie!
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Post by Fernando on Tue 17 Sep 2013, 9:00 pm

2-1 - RVP digging United out a hole yet again - No idea what Leno was doing guess pitching for a move to United by sabotage 

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